Northeast United and SC East Bengal square off on Saturday for the first time ever in the history of the Indian Super League. The Red and Gold are taking part in their first-ever ISL season. And will be eager to open their account after failing to notch points in either of their first two fixtures. Northeast United, on the other hand, are coming into this match in fine form. The Highlanders are unbeaten in the first three matches. They sitting in fifth after tallying an impressive five points out of a possible nine so far. The stage is set for what seems to be a nail-biting encounter. Fans from either side will surely be looking forward to this highly anticipated clash.
Tactics and Team News
SC East Bengal
SC East Bengal is likely to the lineup in Robbie Fowler’s favored 3-4-2-1 formation in the upcoming match. This system provides for width and tightness but defensive lapses and poor coaching has led to inefficient utilization of the system so far. East Bengal is likely to be without Danny Fox in the upcoming match. The center-back was forced off the pitch with an injury in the last match. They will also be without midfielders Aaron Amadi Holloway and Loken Metei for a second successive game.
North East United
Northeast United on the other hand, are likely to lineup in the 4-3-3 system as seen in their previous three games. Coach Gerrard Nus is unlikely to make changes to a formation which seems to be working so far. The focus will be on playing on the counter and ensuring that the defense remains airtight while withstanding pressure. Northeast, are not suffering from any significant injuries and are coming into the match relatively well equipped.
- This is East Bengal’s first-ever season in the Indian Super League.
- East Bengal comes into this game with 0 points to their name and is the only side yet to register points this season.
- Northeast United has scored 4 goals in 3 matches, the tied highest total in the league.
- East Bengal has conceded 5 goals in 2 games so far, which is the worst tally in the league.
- Both Kwesi Appiah and Idrissa Sylla have scored 2 goals, accounting for the entirety of Northeast’s goals scored.
East Bengal are facing an uphill task on Saturday and will need to be in top form to beat a confident Northeast side. If they do not improve from their past performances, the result can be disastrous for the Red and Gold and can lead to some critics seriously questioning Fowler’s coaching capabilities. A win will take Northeast into the top 4, and they will be highly spirited to gain those vital three points and make a move upwards in the table. All the ingredients are in place for a fascinating match of football, and it can prove to be an enthralling clash between these two ambitious sides.